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HMS Victory

HMS Victory
©Crown Copyright is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. photo credit POA (Phot) Gary Davies 2SL Photographer

With the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in October 2005, HMS Victory found herself back in the historical spotlight.

Constructed from the wood of more than 6,000 trees (mainly English oak), the Victory was a state-of-the-art fighting vessel. It was on her quarterdeck on October 21, 1805, that Admiral Horatio Nelson was shot by a French sharpshooter during the Battle of Trafalgar.

Her permanent home is a dry dock at the Royal Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth.